Raves Are for Kids: NYC Clubs Cater to the 12-and-Under Set
By Scott T. Sterling
For anyone who’s ever looked around the dance floor and wondered, “Where the hell did all of these kids come from,” a roving club in New York City is about to make you feel even older.
Fuzipop (“a celebration of music, dance & community for the next generation of city kids”) is a Manhattan-based company that throws full-scale dance parties at nightclubs around town catering specifically to kids between the ages of 6-12 and their parents. Featuring DJs as young as 8 years old, the monthly parties cost around $20 per person to get in, although a family of four can get a group rate of $60.
“This is what we used to do all the time but don’t get to do anymore,” Fuzipop founder Jesse Sprague (along with his wife Jenny Song) told CNN Money about the kiddie raves. “Plus, everyone is always looking for family entertainment and we know the kids will have a blast.”
The couple met on the Manhattan nightlife scene, starting Fuzipop after the club-themed first birthday party for their son was such a success that “all the parents said they would pay to do this, so we made a business out of it.”
The parties mimic nightlife culture right down to velvet rope entrances and strict door policies, with a juice box bar for the kids and full bar option for the parents.
“I went to high school with [Sprague] and we used to go clubbing together all the time,” said one such parent, Karli Mennuti, a teacher whose 8-year-old son is already a veteran of three Fuzipop parties. “Now we can live vicariously through our kids, and we can all blow off steam together.”